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throughout his life. >> right. i understand his mom died at a young age and his dad gave him to his aunt and uncle. thanks so much. >> sure. >> and this is a fox news alert. west virginia senator robert byrd has passed away. he was 92 years old. a democrat. byrd was the longest serving member of congress. a spokesman for the family says byrd died peacefully at about 3:00 a.m. at a hospital in fairfax, virginia. he had been in the hospital since late last week. at first, the senator was believed to have been suffering from heat exhaustion and severe dehydration but other medical conditions developed. right now, you can see the flag at the capitol lowered at half staff in honor of the senator. he was elected to the house in 1952. fox news correspondent brian wilson tells us about his remarkable life. >> west virginia democratic senator robert byrd was a man who did not believe in 30-second soundbites crafted for the evening news.
he delivered old-fashioned stem winders that could last for hours. >> i come from a cold state. cold reserves are plentiful. not so plentiful as they once were in my state but plentiful in this country. coal supplies 56% of all electricity in this country. see the lights up here? electricity. >> with his passing, the senate has lost its greatest living orator and one of the most interesting men to ever serve in the institution. he was born in 1917 as cornelius calvin sale junior. when his mother died of the flu a year later, his father entrusted his infant son to the care of his sister and her dirt poor coal mining husband. titus byrd eventually adopted his young nephew and named him robert byrd. he married his sweetheart when he was but 19 and began work as a butcher. he made his first foray into the
world of politics after world war ii and eventually became the only west virginian to serve in both chambers of state legislature and both houses of the u.s. congress. in a career that spanned over six decades, he never lost an election. in 2006, he became the longest serving senator in the history of the republic. >> thank god that this work has been done and that it has been preserved. >> byrd was widely regarded as a pre-eminent expert on constitutional law and legislative procedure. because of his intimate knowledge of senate rules he was genuinely feared and respected by political opponents. >> and i would suggest by way of friendly advice to the white house, don't tamper with this jury. >> as an iron fisted senate majority leader and during his reigns of chairman of the powerful appropriations
committee, he diverted billions of tax dollars to his beloved west virginia. others complaint about his penchant for pork barrel projects. byrd never apologized. he felt it was his job. he did, however, repeatedly apologize for his involvement with the ku klux klan in the 1940's. he led a filibuster of the 1964 civil rights act, something he said he later regretted. with the passage of time, said he came to believe that intolerance had no place in america. and in fact, he actively supported the presidential candidacy of barack obama. in his last years, he bemoaned what the institution had become. i fear, he said, the senate has lost its soul. some believe the senate lost its soul with the passing of robert carlisle byrd. in washington, brian wilson, fox news. >> all right. the end of an era in washington, d.c. robert byrd, longest serving member of congress in history has passed away. 3:00 this morning there in washington, d.c. right now with us is the anchor of "special report" bret baier.
bret, as the chairman once upon a time of the senate appropriations committee, this guy was in charge of a third of the federal budget and he had a big pen and he was referred to as the prince of pork and they loved him in west virginia because he sent a lot of money back home. >> he definitely did and they loved him in west virginia beyond that but his political career really started in 1946 in local state offices. never lost an election. he always carried a pocket version of the u.s. constitution in his pocket. he was the ultimate senate insider. really wrote the book on the senate rules. but even being the ultimate senate insider, west virginia never lost their love for robert byrd. and, you know, you can imagine in this environment, we're in this anti-incumbent, anti-establishment environment now. he he never went through that. he won every single election he
ever ran in west virginia. >> hey, you know what's interesting is, bret, i haven't heard much speculation even though he was 92 and in failing health and not showing up much for votes anymore, haven't heard much about who would replace him, whether it will be a special election which you indicated it would be, are there some names in west virginia outside rockefeller that might stand out? because i'm looking around, i don't see many, do you? >> no, i really don't and we'll have to, you know, tap into that to see exactly who they had in mind. i think he probably had some names in his pocket. i'm being told there will be a replacement that fills out the remainder of his term until 2012. so there's a bit of a change there to what i said before. i think, you know, it will happen quickly because they have prepared for this for a long time. he had been in and out of the hospital numerous times. >> because is that the way it works in west virginia, bret? each state is different. >> each state is different.
and from what originally we had thought there would be a special election in this coming year. i'm just getting a note from our capitol hill producer that, in fact, there will be a replacement to fill out the remainder of his term. >> let's talk a little bit about how important the position of senator byrd was. many people don't realize, they think about the president. they think about the vice president but then after that, they don't know who would take over if there was some sort of a crisis. this gentleman, this senator was third in line to the president. >> he was. as president pro tempe of the senate, he was third in line behind nancy pelosi. in later years, as his health continued to fail and he was very frail, he -- democratic leaders said privately that he would have signed off the succession part of this to another leader in the un-- you know, the possibility that he would be in line for the
presidency should house speaker nancy pelosi not be able to serve, obviously and then you had the vice president ahead of her. but he was incredibly important in the line of succession. not only that but also in defending congressional powers. he always fought any executive grab that he thought infringed on congressional powers and he was a strict constitutionalist when it came to following the letter of the constitution. >> we're talking 12 hours earlier than we normally hear from bret baier, the host of "special report" because robert byrd, 92 years old. senator from west rginia passed away just about three hours ago. at inova hospital in fairfax, virginia. stand by. of course, with the passing of senator byrd and gretchen kind of touched on this a moment ago, how is it going to affect power particularly in the u.s. senate? kelly wright has some thoughts already this morning in washington. kelly? >> well, currently, it will not affect the balance of power because the governor, as bret
was saying, governor mansion of west virginia will be able to appoint someone to replace the senator until 2012, we should point out, however, that while byrd's passing will not ultimately affect the balance in the senate, the fate of one bill certainly will hang in the balance until a replacement can be seated and that, of course, is the financial regulatory reform bill that's currently on the table and as long as republicans remained united there could be no extension of unemployment insurance benefits as well. should point out as well. the things we're hearing right now is a statement from mitch mcconnell, his statement on the passing of honorable robert c. byrd, we'll remember him for his fighting spirit, for the many times he recalled the senate to its purposes. >> thank you very much for putting that in perspective.
we'll check in with you again as we continue to reflect on the life of senator robert byrd who passed away this morning at 3:00 a.m. eastern time in a suburban washington hospital. gretch, the rest of the headlines? >> we do. now the rest of the headlines for a monday. confirmation hearings about the big day on capitol hill because they're going to start this afternoon for supreme court nominee elena kagan. opening statements are expected to pick up but after that, the questions will come hard and fast. republican senators want more information on her views on issues like gun control, abortion, and the military. >> things come out that indicate she's so far outside the mainstream, it's conceivable a filibuster might occur. the senate rule that our democrats led us to establish was that you shouldn't filibuster except in extraordinary circumstances. i think that's a legitimate rule and that will be what i would judge as to whether a filibuster -- >> at this point. >> liberal democrats are also
expected to take to elena kagan on issues like executive power and civil liberties, issues where she's often sided with the government. if confirmed, she will replace john paul stevens whose last day the court is today. day 70 now on the massive in gu massive slick is headed on a crash course for louisiana. a piece of good news for residents. tropical storm alex continues to move away from shore. but alex moving towards mexico. check out this new video. palm trees getting a feel of the 45-mile-an-hour winds. alex becoming a hurricane today as gulf waters strengthen that storm. world leaders are back home after violence rocks the g-20 summit. nearly 600 protesters were arrested at the financial summit in toronto. thousands of police and riot
gear were on hand blocks from where president obama and others were meeting. attendees reached an agreement to cut national deficits in half by 2013. a move the president cautiously supports. >> with a new commitment to strengthening and enforcing rules against corruption, economic opportunity and prosperity will be more broadly shared. >> but the president stressed recovery will be fragile. former vice president dick cheney could be released from a washington hospital as early as today. he has been in the hospital since friday being treated for a fluid build-up from his coronary artery disease. his daughter liz cheney was on "fox news sunday." >> he's had coronary artery disease, you know, for as long as i can remember and i'm sure he'll deal with this situation the way he's dealt with everyone in the past which is to work with his doctors and let me just say the doctors and the nurses of g.w. hospital are tremendous and make the wisest decision about the course going forward. >> the former vice president has had five heart attacks.
the most recent one just in february. those are your headlines. >> ok. very busy monday morning. thanks for joining us for "fox & friends." are the rules of engagement making soldiers on the ground more vulnerable to attack? we'll talk to a father of a fallen soldier coming up. >> and they could be changing and more americans are moving to the right including jeanine garafalo. is president obama losing his once loyal following? we'll have the brand new poll coming out. [ announcer ] how do you plus up breakfast? introducing total plus omega-3 honey almond flax cereal. all the nutrition of total, plu10% daily value omega-3 ala, and a delicious honey almond crunch. new total plus omega-3.
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>> describing what a win looks like in afghanistan. >> is having a country that is stable enough to ensure that there is no safe haven for al-qaida or for a militant taliban that welcomes al-qaida. that's really the measure of success for the united states. >> general petraeus said he would change the rule of engagement in afghanistan but many say the policy leaves our troops vulnerable and puts them in danger. william osborne is the father of army specialist benjamin osborne killed earlier this month. he says the rules of engagement need to change and he joins us this morning.
so sorry for the loss of your son. >> thanks for having me. >> it's so frustrating for you and i can't imagine the grief and at the same time, you want to speak out because you believe the rule of engagement currently led to the death of your son. >> i feel they did. the -- thank you. he was out on patrol and they were ambushed and according to the current rules of engagement, they can't act instinctively. they have to wait until they're ordered to return fire. he volunteered to man the only gun that they had. the main gun that they had. and he was able once he was ordered to fire, he was able to get off 10 rounds and then he fell silent.
and i just feel so strongly that these men who are trained to fight, they're equipped with the best we have and yet, they go out into battle with one hand tied behind their back. and i just -- i feel that these rules of engagement are not the rules set forth necessarily by the military but they're set forth by our leaders. our civilian leaders. and i feel that we need a much, much stronger commitment from the top. >> so amazingly, you sent an e-mail to general david petraeus last night. >> i did. i did. >> and amazingly, he responded to you within 15 minutes. >> i was very impressed. what did he say? >> basically, he said i have -- i'll have comments on the rules of engagement in my senate
hearing, senate confirmation hearing and to tune in at 9:15 tomorrow morning. so we will see. >> were you stunned when you heard back from general david petraeus? >> certainly was. certainly was. but i, again, i feel that the real strength has to come from the top. because our civilian government runs the military as it should. and we cannot go in there with our hands tied behind our backs. that has to be a full commitment because we are at war. these people have given us two choices. either we join them or as infidels, they'll kill us. what are we gonna do? are we gonna sit back and kind of hit them with skirmishes or are we going to engage them
seriously? because this is serious business. if we don't take care of business over there, we're gonna be dealing with them more and more here. >> before you go, let's remember ben for a minute. he was 27. >> yes, he was. >> how long had he served? >> just over three years. he was in iraq for 15 months. and then employed about six weeks ago to afghanistan. he was well trained. i would say he was -- >> a patriot. >> he was absolutely a patriot. he believed in the military. he believed in his missions. he just along with his fellow soldiers were very frustrated about these rules of engagement because they limited what they could do. >> all right. we certainly hope that -- as we listen to what general petraeus has to say tomorrow during
confirmation hearings. what a pleasure to meet you. thank you so much for coming in. >> thank you. thank you for having me. >> coming up on our show, a shocker. jeanine garafalo not on board anymore with hope and change, apparently. so is this more evidence that president obama is losing the far left? a fair and balanced debate coming up next. plus does this girl look like a terrorist? she landed on the feds no fly list. she and her father joining us live this hour. let's go. come on. hurry up. [ lauter ] [ slamming ] [ engines revving ] [ tires screech ] [ engine revving ] [ male announcer ] before you take it on your road trip... we take it on ours. [ children laughin ] this summer put your family in an exceptionally engineered mercedes-benz now for an exceptional price during the summer event.
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well, here for a fair and balanced debate, democratic political strategist david demartino and republican strategist frank donatelli. good morning to both of you guys. >> good morning. >> before we talk a little bit about this new gallup poll, i want to play a little snippet over the last couple of days. here's jeanine garafalo who is such a big support ever of president obama and how she feels about the president right now. watch this, guys. >> do you think america has taken a turn for the better? >> no! wish that i could say yes, believe me, heart broken. wish that i could say yes. am i thrilled he's there and not a republican? sure. but is anything different? no. >> all right. david, you're a democrat and a strategist as well. she's not the only person who i've heard say i voted for obama but this president and what he's done so far is not what i signed up for. what's going on? >> well, i think, steve, that what you're seeing reflected in
polls like the gallup poll and things like what jeanine is saying, it's like the ocean. they have high tides and low tides. right now, things are moving to right a little bit. two years ago, we were probably sitting here talking about gallup polls showing conservatives moving to the left, moving to the independent column because they were upset with president obama. his two unfinished wars, economy going in the tank and those things happen and voters move with the wind a little bit. >> so frank, now voters are moved by the fact that if you were on the left and voted for president obama, you thought he was going to end the war quickly and thought he could probably plug up that hole in the gulf floor a little bit faster. you thought he could create jobs. you find out a couple of days ago, that's not happening the way we thought. >> it's hard to know what the american left thought. look what president obama has done already.
we have trillion dollar deficits. he's going to raise taxes. he's taken over car companies, banks and the america system. the american left is very, very hard to please. i think his bigger problem is not on the left. it's in the center. the story of 2010 is that the president has lost the center. and that's why more than anything else, his party is on the run and why it looks like right now, republicans are going to have a very good year this year in november. >> well, and david, that's the hard political fact is the fact that the middle is where people get elected and if the middle is leaning more to the right, that's bad for a guy who is way to the left. >> well, sure. if the needle is pointing in that direction right now, that doesn't mean it will be pointing in that direction in november. there's a lot of time between now and the elections and frank's right. the election will, you know, fall on where the moderates end up voting. and i think what the president will do and you can bet among on
this, that the president is going to spend the next few months drawing the distinction between the democrats and republicans in congress. the republicans on the side of the financial institution, the big oil companies. health insurance companies and the democrats are trying to pass historic health reform and trying to pass a comprehensive -- >> wait a minute, it sounds like you're running for something. >> there's a clear difference and the president will spend time defining that over the next few months. >> all right, frank, i'll give you the last word. >> look forward to talking about those issues. the fact is that everything that this democratic congress and this president have done are not favored by the american people. most importantly, he's been in office for a year and a half. we're still at 10% unemployment. we can do a lot better but not with his policies. >> ok, we'll have to leave it there for right now. dave, dave. time's up. david demartino, frank, spirited debate for this monday morning. thank you guys. >> thank you. >> gretchen and brian, what's coming snup>> i got your whistle for next debate to call a time-out.
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into perspective. impact has been tremendous. he's been there for so long. >> he came from absolutely nothing. in west virginia and went a long way. this was a man who was born in the -- in the most dirt poor conditions you could imagine in the hollows of west virginia. he was once a member of the ku klux klan and he -- and he put himself through law school, as i recall, it was while he was still serving in the house. of representatives. and then he became the, you know, this parliamentary expert, a man who knew the senate rules better than anybody. he had serve as majority leader for a period of time. he was a tough guy but with age, he became this portly, rather sweet elderly man. and a lot of people didn't like him. i always liked him. have sort of a soft spot for him and it's sad to see that he died. i'm glad he lived a long time.
so those are a couple of thoughts about the guy. >> sure. brit, you know, he is famous for his regarded -- was back in the day as the prince of pork where he would steer millions, perhaps billions to west virginia. >> yeah. >> in federal dough. >> he'd go to west virginia, there are roads and bridges and buildings and installations out there all with his name on them. you know, nobody -- he brought home the bacon for west virginia which throughout most of his career in politics was a poor state. so yeah, he helped them. >> aside from the bacon, is there any particular piece of legislation that he will be remembered for? >> well, you know, i can't -- there's not a byrd bill that you can identify that was, you know, his trademark or his landmark achievement. but what he was and you see him
there with his hands coming, he had palsy late in life and you see him there with the little booklet, the constitution in his hand. he knew the constitution backward and forward. above all, he knew the senate rules to a degree that even the parliamentarian would have had to wonder at. he was remarkable on that score. and he was -- he saw himself as the guardian and protector of the senate's customs and rules and ways of doing things. and he would get up and make these periodic speeches on the turning of the seasons. it was all very odd and very quaint in many respects, it was very touching. you know, the united states senate is poorer for the loss of such colorful and interesting figures. >> what a nice way to put it, brit, and the governor will appoint someone to serve through 2012. that's the way it works in that
state. financial reform is something that could be on hold a little bit of time at least because of the passing of senator byrd. >> they'll need the vote. i guess scott brown has indicated he won't go for it which means that they don't have the filibuster proof majority that they need to pass the thing. and it will depend to some extent on how quickly the democratic governor can appoint a successor and whether indeed the successor will do what the democrats want him to do and i'm sure they're gonna be careful that they picked somebody that they say hey, you're gonna go down there and vote for that financial reform bill, right? >> that could be the understatement of today. >> yeah. but it could slow things down. >> all right. brit hume, great to hear your thoughts on the passing of senator byrd. thanks for your time. >> thanks for having me. >> rest of the headlines, gretch? >> taliban commander among several armed individuals killed during a search operation in kandahar, afghanistan. residents claim the eight dead are civilians. nato says coalition and afghan troops returned fire in
self-defense. steve? >> meanwhile, this afternoon, arizona governor jan brewer will meet with the five member delegation from the white house. on the agenda, immigration reform measures. brewer has asked president obama for increased funding and troops at the border. will they work out? we'll find out later. >> been in office less than five months. a new poll shows senator scott brown is the most popular lawmaker in his state beating senator john kerry. "boston globe poll finds 59d% of voters have a favorable opinion of brown and 52% have a favorable view of kerry. the poll finds 18% have an unfavorable view of brown while 37% have that opinion of kerry. >> meanwhile, people have a favorable opinion of good weather. so let's find out where it is not good. and as you can see, that's a picture of alex, the big storm down in the gulf right now. will it impact the oil spill and push it towards mainland? stay tuned, folks. we don't know exactly where it's
going to go. meanwhile, let's go ahead and take a look at some of this video. major damage after a severe storm rips through a campground in eastern michigan. one person was killed and four others were hurt. real quick check of the maps shows you where it is raining in the 48 connected states right now and as you can see, we have thunderstorms moving through portions of oklahoma down through texas, you can see alex out there in the water and some widely scattered stuff up north. all right, brian, time to look at soccer. >> you got to wonder who is picking the referees at the world cup. they're supposed to be the best in the world. they clearly aren't. england and germany, separate nations who want one thing. edge land down 2-1. clearly a goal would have tied the game at 2-2 and change the whole context of the game. instead, the goalie picks it up and punts it out before the ref can make the call. for everybody who is clear to see that was a goal. it would destroy the focus. at halftime they make
adjustments to get that goal back. germany would make them pay the price. final score was 4-1. germany advance to the final eight. the goal from argentine yashg you'll see it. it's not called offsides. upon further review, it is. by the way, we have this thing called replay. can we try it in the world's most popular game? things unravel for mexico down there which is a discredit to them. final score 3-1. argentina advances. u.s. soccer star landon donovan isn't denying reports that he's the father of an english woman's baby. he says he will take responsibility if the child is his. donovan currently is separated from his wife, bianca. i don't know enough about her last name. i'll look into it at halftime. startling discovery about late bengals receiver chris henry killed after falling off a pickup truck last year. they found that henry died of brain damage resulting from what seems to be hits on the football field. findings will be presented today at west virginia university. this is bound to give ammunition to critics who say the nfl needs
to do more with the helmets to protect players. and finally, former tennis star jennifer capriati is recovering this morning after a reported drug overdose. she was rushed to the hospital while staying at a hotel in florida. her dad tells tmz she's doing better. capriati is no stranger to trouble. she was arrested, teenager, marijuana use, shoplifting before winning three grand slams. meanwhile, today is a big day at wimbledon. all the men's and women's matches take place. there's a guy on the couch that knows all about the time zone difference. >> i'll read the lead-in to him. while workers around the world gather at the g-20 summit to discuss those issues, violent protests could hardly be contained. media continues, though, to demonize anti-tax tea parties so how are they portraying these demonstrations? stuart varney is here. i covered the g-20 or the g-8 as it used to be years back.
and it has to be one of the scariest assignments i've ever had with these protests. >> i looked to the mainstream media and their coverage of this throughout the weekend. nobody was really condemning the politics that gave rise to the demonstration and violence. nobody was making any linkage between that violence, those politics and a particular political party and no one made the linkage between president obama's demonization going on at these demonstrations. >> why do they do it? >> you can contrast that with the tea party people. perfectly peaceful demonstrations, meetings, congregations and they were bore trade as ignorant, racist, a mob and immediately linked to the republicans. it's a total contrast between the coverage of violence and i've got to be -- >> i know i do. >> stuart, are you just now realizing there is a double standard in the mainstream media
regarding people on the right and people on the left? >> no, i'm not just realizing it. >> but this is stark. >> this is stark. have you ever seen anything like this before? i mean, i quote to you from "the globe & mail." this is a canadian newspaper. they talk about the demonstrators, they're yoga teachers. they're students. they must be educated. >> very calm people. >> concerned with the environment and one of them says it's a broken window. not a life. companies are wrecking the environment. they're wrecking lives. >> but these are anarchists, a lot of them and -- >> really? >> having been there and covered, they hate the idea of free business and enterprise. >> they're not leftist? not socialist? >> yes, that's what i'm saying. >> exactly. >> one in the same. but that -- these people, they go to these events just to wreak trouble and havoc. and yet -- >> all of those people? that's all they go for? no, i think they're on the extreme left and nobody is linking them to the extreme left elsewhere in the world and the
extreme left of political parties in the world. >> but stuart, i'll tell you, i don't care how it's covered, toronto police realize it's serious, they've raided their headquarters and arrested 600 so they don't care of the politics of it. they know there's a threat out there. that's getting way too close. >> canada is in political trouble because of this. they spent, what, i got here, $897 million on security for this weekend's meetings alone and all that money, you can't secure the streets of toronto? >> no. >> maybe they could get a refund. >> i was wondering how many kazillions was costing for that. >> $897 million. does it mean the small groups of people will hold everybody hostage in the future? vast amounts of money wherever these meetings were held much that's intolerable. >> good that they elected a fiscal conservative in their leadership. he's saying i'm not into stimulus. i'm cutting spending. that's the message giving out to the people and the canadian people put him in office. >> yes, there's a real split here. it's president obama vs. the world. president obama didn't get very
much. >> stuart varney, we'll be talking about that over on his tv show. over on his channel. kicking off today at 9:20 eastern. stuart, always a pleasure. >> thank you, steve. >> see you later. >> everyone. >> coming up on the show, the strategy in afghanistan, changing. but some say our troops shouldn't even be on the ground there. military strategist colonel douglas mcgregor, former classmate of general mcchrystal at west point joins us next with his perspective. >> does his little girl look like a terrorist? we're talking with the 6-year-old that landed on the no fly list. >> oh, boy. >> first, the quote of the day. who said this? i am going to try not to cry because this isn't about me. it's about her. i don't even want to be mentioned in this story. úú
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made in unsanitary conditions. the inspections were conducted on u.s. facilities at three major airline caterers. meanwhile, singer chris brown breaking down during a tribute to michael jackson at the bet awards. see brown choking back tears while trying to sing jackson's song "man in the mirror." earlier, brown led a dance tribute to michael jackson, mimicking the king of pop's famous moves. this is his first tv appearance since pleading guilty to assaulting rhianna. >> general petraeus will be replacing general mcchrystal in afghanistan, it has both parties questioning the president's timetable for the war. everybody was on that over the we weekend. joining us is retired colonel, colonel douglas mcgregor, welcome back, colonel. >> good morning, brian. >> colonel, are we right to dial
back to withdraw? the president was getting agitated by the questions he was receiving about it. should he be pushing that back or eliminating it? >> no, i don't think so at all. in fact, i think putting all these conventional combat troops on the ground in afghanistan is a serious mistake. the big problem with our mission in afghanistan right now is that we're trying to build a nation where none exists. and the second problem is that we're fighting people who are really irrelevant to us. the afghan taliban has nothing to do with al-qaida. our only interest in afghanistan is to keep al-qaida from coming back. we can do that without hundreds of thousands of troops and without spending billions of dollars. >> what would prevent that from becoming the next yemen and somalia now. that's what we're doing now with air strikes on separate targets and it's a nest for al-qaida. >> i think you can continue to strike the enemy whenever you feel like it but the point is, it's an overstatement to suggest that the people in afghanistan,
whether they're tribe members, the body of the taliban or anybody else wants al-qaida back in the country, they don't. so i don't think keeping al-qaida out is that challenging in afghanistan. i think there are more serious problems with al-qaida like elements elsewhere in the world. you mentioned somalia and yemen. we can deal with those periodically. we have a much more serious problem, i would argue, down in paraguay and south america. they're operating from paraguay through brazil up into venezuela. they have support from hugo chavez and they're working through mexico with the drug cartels to move people through our open borders into the united states. that's what i would be worried about. >> all right. colonel, you're saying pull our troops out of there and focus on urugay. >> not urugay, paraguay. focus on our borders. we haven't secured our borders. we don't know who is in the united states, brian, and we're trying to kill people in afghanistan who are fighting us largely because we're there. what's happening in afghanistan has much more to do with india and pakistan than it does with
us. >> all right. we'll have to see about that. colonel macgregor, thanks. up next, does this little girl look like a terrorist? she landed on the federal no fly list. we'll talk to her and her dad after this break. and now, the answer to our quote of the day. president bill clinton. [ female announcer ] right now when you stay
>> it's summertime. people are traveling fortunately imagine going through an airport to reach your destination but you're stopped because your 6-year-old is on the federal government's no fly list. this puzzling turn of events is what our next guest had to face on a domestic flight from cleveland to minneapolis. dr. santosh thomas and his daughter alyssa who is 6 years
old joins us live from cleveland. good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> good morning. hey, now, doctor, i understand you tried to check in the night before on-line. that didn't work. you tried to check in at the curb, that didn't work. your wife goes in and talks to the gate agent. what does your agent tell your wife? >> she told my wife she's on the homeland security list so it means extra caution. >> the gate agent came out and said your daughter is on the list. >> initially, they said that somebody in our party had been flagged for that. we didn't know who. they pointed out her. we were surprised she was on the list. she was 6 years old. >> you would think you'd be able to take her in and say this one's on the list? all right, so they said, contact the department of homeland security. you did. you contacted the department of homeland security and what did the department of homeland security write back to you? >> well, they said that alyssa should fill out the papers.
we filled out the papers for her and then sent us to a letter this is our final communicates many we cannot confirm or deny. they gave us a readdress number and said hopefully this will help you. there are no guarantees. >> this is crazy. >> well, this -- you know, she was going to minneapolis for a first communion. there's nothing nefarious about this trip. there's nothing sinister about this kid. we're very surprised that this happened. >> yeah, alyssa, when all the fuss was being made over a name like yours on that list, how did you feel? >> i was sad. and it'll scared, i'd imagine. so doctor, your family travels a lot. how is this going to slow you down? >> we have several plans for this summer and the rest of the year. so i think the curbside check-in
and the night before check-in will be affected. i'm hoping they can get this off her record. we'd like to get back to normal life. >> she's 6 years old. >> slow us down for sure. >> here's crazy. here's what one of the spokesmen for the department said. the watch list are an important layer of security to prevent individuals with known or suspected ties to terrorism from flying. well, clearly, she doesn't have a tie to terrorism. she has a tie to being, you know, she's got a tie to first grade. doctor, you never know. janet napolitano, the secretary of homeland security might be watching right now. what's your message to her? >> well, i'm hoping that this is a honest mistake and it could be corrected as quickly as it was originally made. i don't know how many layers of this thing has to be addressed. but i'm hoping that this will be corrected for her. and for the kids and the people who are of similar age. >> absolutely. it happens, apparently, way too often but to a 6-year-old, that's crazy. alyssa thomas and her dad, dr.
santosh thomas, thank you very much for joaning us today from cleveland. >> thank you. >> all right, straight ahead, breaking overnight if you're just waking up, west virginia senator robert byrd has passed away and his death will affect the fate of one particular bill. big bill at that. it's not just fishermen asking b.p. for relief money, now even a strip club is getting in line claiming lost wages from the oil spill. will they cash in? c ken feinberg joins us live. i had a heart problem. i was told to begin my aspirin regimen. i just didn'listen until i almost lost my life. my doctor's again ordered me to take aspirin. and i do. [ male announcer ] be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. [ mike ] listen to the doctor.
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>> good morning, everyone. thanks for sharing your time today. we begin with a fox news alert. west virginia senator robert byrd, longest serving member of congress has died and his death will affect the future of one particular bill. we are live with the latest. >> from the head of the c.i.a., is the president doing enough to change direction and bring our troops home eventually? >> and what sent vice president joe biden flying off the handle? >> he never lets us down. the man that vice president biden snapped at joins us live. hour two of "fox & friends" for a monday starts right about now.
>> welcome aboard, folks. it is 7:00 in the east and we start with a fox news alert. >> west virginia senator robert byrd has passed away at the age of 92. a democrat who served as the longest serve member of congress. a spokesman for the family says he died peacefully 3:00 a.m. at a hospital in fairfax, virginia. he had been in the hospital since late last week for a heat related illness. chris turner is on the phone right now from washington, d.c. with the latest on the senator's passing. good morning to you, trish. i know you've been covering capitol hill for some time and you were sending out e-mails bright and early this morning after the passing of the senator. >> good morning, gretchen. sure was. kind of surprised i got up and it was unusual last night, i have to say. senator byrd who, you know, has been ill for quite a long time. his staff has taken to communicating with us solely by e-mail. they would blast out a relief and i was really surprised when they put up -- they set up release that said "seriously ill." that was a really strong signal
to us that something grave was wrong with a man who was clearly very frail. he was wheelchair bound so i think this is really not a surprise at all. >> trish, until he started getting up there in age, his attendance record was phenomenal. how long has it been since he's been a major impact player on capitol hill? >> you would say maybe since 2006. his wife irma who was the love of his life. you could hardly get away from senator byrd without a conversation about irma. they met in high school. she died in 2006 after a long illness and it was really downhill after there. you know, in 2007, he had a couple -- he had a fall outside his house. then he contracted, you know, a urinary tract infection while he was in the hospital. he got a staph infection. it was a series of illnesses. three of them in 2009 put him in the hospital for a period of time. he had a nurse at his home in
virginia for quite sometime. >> up on capitol hill, you know, the senate majority leader, minority leader, they wind up with a lot of headlines. speaker of the house wind up with a lot of headlines. but this was the number three guy on the planet in the line of succession to the president of the united states. he was a powerful guy. >> he really was. most people think the senate majority leader is the head of the senate. that's not true. the top dog, if you will, and it's not true. it's senator byrd, it's the proceeds pro tempe and he's line to succession. a number of years, they decided, look, we know his health is failing. we'll kind of -- we'll be able to write that off to somebody else. but you're right. he's a very powerful man and he's the dean of the senate. he knows more about the rules than anyone probably living or dead. >> trish, let's talk a little bit about the balance of power moving forward. it's our understanding that the west virginia governor mansion will appoint somebody to sit in this seat through 2012 but how will this affect financial reforms specifically right now? that's on the table currently.
>> that's a great question, gretchen. the governor is -- as i understand it in 2009 had a very interesting conversation with the senate majority leader. they discussed a replacement. very unusual and very low key. we don't know who they discussed but you can be sure they're ready because senator reid knows he needs 60 votes to get anything passed in the senate and the financial reform bill has just come out of the conference. house will pass it pretty quickly so senator reid has got to have his eye on how the heck do i get this out of here? and they're courting senator scott brown, moderate republican from massachusetts but i'm not sure they'll be able to get his vote. >> he's not happy with the $20,000 set aside taxing major banks and insurance companies. >> that's right. that's right. >> trish turner, we always love your information and ahead of the curve. thanks so much for sharing. >> thanks for having me on. >> you bet. >> other headlines, because just in a few hours, elena kagan will arrive on capitol hill for the beginning of her supreme court confirmation hearings.
joining us now with a preview of that is kelly wright in washington. all right, a busy day today on capitol hill with the passing of senator byrd but now elena kagan takes center stage to answer all those questions. >> that's right, gretchen. indeed, business goes on in the capitol. supreme court nominee elena kagan is expected to be confirmed but her confirmation process, well, let's put it this way, it will not be smooth sailing. that's the way things are looking so far. from the moment president obama formally nominated kagan, some republican senators began questioning her qualifications. conservatives in particular argue she lacks experience as a judge. also, they cite various writings and political associations of her past that appear to have liberal leanings. when she served as dean for harvard law school, she limited on campus access by military recruiters because of the pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gays. senator lindsay graham weighs in on this. >> so she'll have to convince me that all of this liberalism
she's lived with all of her life can be put in the proper place and when she gets to be a judge, she'll be left of center but within the mainstream of judging. >> i am going to get into that i believe she's in the mainstream of thinking, of legal thinking in the united states. i believe she is superbly qualified. i believe that they have been out to find some disqualifying factor. and it hasn't been found. >> now, kagan has already made the rounds of meeting the senators on capitol hill. when she faces them today, for the confirmation hearing, she'll likely have to explain why she once called these confirmation proceedings a vapid and hollow charade. also, the opening will begin today with the senators giving their statements and then, of course, questioning probably tomorrow. back to you guys. >> all right, kelly wright live for us in d.c. thanks very much. stay tuned to fox news for the kagan hearings. they start today at noon on the fox newschannel. new video into "fox & friends"
this morning, truck carrying chemicals explodes killing at least 18 people in one of pakistan's southern cities. police say the blast was most likely an accident and that the heat caused the chemicals to combust. pakistan has been hit hard by militant violence in recent months as it fights taliban and al-qaida militants mostly in the northwest part of the country. can you believe it? already day 70 now of the disaster in the gulf. massive slick now 32 miles long on a crash course for louisiana. it's expected to wash ashore in grand isle as early as tonight. meanwhile, b.p. says it's spending a whopping $100 million a day to fix the leak. the current bill hitting $2.65 billion. and as tropical storm alex now continues to move away from the spill, it's actually moving closer to mexico. check out this new video that came into "fox & friends" this morning. palm trees giving a feel of those 45-mile-per-hour winds. alex could become a hurricane today as warm gulf waters strengthen that storm. those are your headlines.
>> all right. it is about 8 minutes after the top of the hour. it is dana day on "fox & friends." she joins us every monday. good morning to you, dana. >> good morning, how is everybody? >> doing ok. a little sad, though, a washington legend, robert byrd passed away at the age of 92. he was one of the most powerful guys on capitol hill. and he never lost an election and the longest serving guy in congress. >> right. i think many people as they wake up across america today will be saddened to hear that. that one of the other lion of the senate. ted kennedy was called the lion of the senate in his passing last year plus senator byrd's passing does mark the end of an era in the united states senate and i extend my condolences to his family, certainly but also to his staff. they worked so hard and so long for him and served him well. >> they had to do a lot especially in the later years as he was in failing health. can we talk about the man he used to work with, vice president dick cheney?
we know he's had a series of heart problems since his 40's. any reason to think this is more serious? >> not necessarily. and liz cheney, his daughter was on "fox news sunday" yesterday and she said that her dad was following the advice of doctors since he had been doing since she could remember, he has been dealing with heart disease. and i think he sets a good example for lots of americans who have this disease to follow the advice of your doctor, be cautious, spend the weekend in the hospital if that's what it takes and she expected him to go home today. >> some kind of fluid build-up or something like that ? >> i'm not exactly sure. >> you're not a doctor. >> i don't even play one on "fox & friends." >> probably could be one. let's talk a little bit about the sunday talk shows because they were fantastic yesterday. there was a lot said specifically about afghanistan and leon panetta had a relatively candid interview on the abc show where he talked about winning in afghanistan,
what it looks like to him. >> winning in afghanistan is having a country that is stable enough to ensure that there is no safe haven for al-qaida or for a militant taliban that welcomes al-qaida. that's really the measure of success for the united states. >> a little abstract in his description of what a win is but what did you take away from that, dana? >> i think that, you know, it sounded like a very good, safe answer and what most americans can agree with. what will be interesting, gretchen is to watch and see if general david petraeus this week in his confirmation hearings now that he's taking over as the commander in afghanistan. if he has the same views? i think he probably does. and then the follow-up question really needs to be, do we have the right policies in place to get there? >> right, and one of those things the general will be looking at and talking about and indicating he might be willing to reform would be the rules of engami engageme
engagement. do you think that will come up in these hearing? >> 100%. obviously, the unfortunate comments made by general mcchrystal and mostly made by his aides and not by the general were unfortunate. but they -- but underneath all of that, comments were a very real concern about rules of engagement and earlier today even on your show, you had a family member who lost his son in afghanistan who said that his son was very frustrated about rules of engagement so it's good to have this debate this week. and if there does need to be a change, i believe general petraeus will be willing to make it. >> real quickly from that interview of bill osborne, the father that lost his son, he said he sent david petraeus an e-mail lasts night about exactly that. and it was in 15 minutes, general petraeus responded to him. and said please, watch the confirmation hearings. i'm gonna be talking about this. i mean, how amazing. we've heard all these wonderful things about general petraeus but to answer that man in 15 minutes with all he has on his plate speaks volumes to me.
>> that's why most of us would be willing to follow him into battle. and i mean, in whatever capacity he asks us to do so. obviously, no one is going to want me and i couldn't be in combat given our rules but that's one of the reasons all of us can look to him and even the left who wrote that horrible ad during the iraq surge confirmation hearings that said, you know, general petraeus. they've even been silenced and so he overcame their animosity through grace and dignity and that's the kind of leadership we all should be trying to emulate. >> sure. leon panetta said yesterday that the taliban has actually gotten stronger under president obama and this is kind of interesting as well much he revealed the last time we had a good bead on where osama bin laden was. here's 21 seconds of that. >> i think it almost goes back, you know, to the early 2000's. that went, you know, in terms of actually when he was moving from afghanistan to pakistan that we had the last precise information
about where he might be located. since then, it's been very difficult to get any intelligence on his exact location. >> all right, dana, 10 second reaction? >> well, that's exactly what we found, too, but one of the things that, steve, that he said that is the biggest news is he said that sanctions against iran will not work. the follow-up question should have been ok, then what? we didn't get that question. and maybe someone -- one of those intrepid white house reporters today will ask it. >> maybe. dana perino, always a pleasure. have a great week. see you next time. >> ok, bye-bye. >> thanks. >> meanwhile, a strip scrub looking for reform from b.p. they want some relief from b.p., i should say. owners say they're losing money because of the spill. the guys aren't working. therefore, they can't come to the club. >> coming up next, we'll talk to kenneth fineberg, the man who decides if the club and many others should get the dough. >> then it was kind of scary with prince harry. he took a tumble. the pictures from the polo match that has everybody talking. oops! there goes the prince.
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welcome back. b.p. claim centers in the gulf have been handling about 1500 claims each day. bulk of them used to be fishermen. recently, all types of businesses began filing for compensation including a new orleans adult dance club. the owners claim fishermen can no longer afford to frequent the club. are they entitled to
compensation, too? we're joined by kenneth feinberg who helped distribute the 9/11 victims compensation fund and now oversees the b.p. claims center. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> you may have one of the toughest jobs in america right now determining or trying to determine who, in fact, needs to be compensated. now you have the trickle down effect. fishermen need to be compensated for the oil spill but now the mimosa dancing girls strip club needs to be compensate the as well. do you think they deserve it? >> i don't think they'll get money out of the fund. it remains to be seen. i will look at the local law of each state, florida, and louisiana, and mississippi and alabama to determine just how attenuated claims may be. from receiving money out of this $20 billion fund. this $20 billion should be reserved for the most directly impacted claimants. >> if you say directly impacted,
how do you define that actually? it's my understanding that any business would have to show you documentation that they've lost business? and if in fact, this strip club has lost business, aren't they entitled? if that strip club went to the courts of louisiana, would the courts of louisiana recognize that claim? i think not. and i think that in exercising my discretion, the safest, fairest way to look at all of these attenuated causation issues is to rely on the local law of the residents of the claimant or maritime law in order to try to define the limitations of compensation. that's the only way to do this. >> you have a lot of experience in doling out the dough, so to speak, because you did this for the 9/11 commission. you also recently were the treasury department's special master for executive compensation. is this situation more far reaching in your mind than
either of those two? >> it's more pervasive. you have lost profit claims. diminution of real estate value claims so in the sense of a much more broad, pervasive type of claim, this is rather unique but in terms of the emotion, and the fear and anger and the uncertainty, there was quite of a bit of that during the 9/11 claims as well. >> all right. you have a huge responsibility in front of you, mr. feinberg in charge of doling all that money to the people affected by this oil spill. thanks for being our guest this morning. >> thank you. >> the vice president gets a little testy. did you see this? au >> that guy he yelled at, the manager of the custard stand, asked a simple question about
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manager of the custard stand there in milwaukee. manager, i am so sorry, thank you very much, scott. so was it a joke? were you making a political statement by saying -- when he said what do i owe you and you said, lower our taxes. were you joking or what? >> i was just joking around. i was just being funny. nothing meant to stir anything up, right? >> then his answer, though, kind of stirred things up when he called you a smartass. >> yeah, yeah, it's kind of shocking to hear that come out of his mouth. >> but even though it was blurry, here look at how he's smiling. he looks like he's really ticked off at you. >> yeah. when he came in, everything was great, you know. walked in smiles and i guess that little comment kind of set him off. >> yeah. how does that make you feel? here he is the number two guy in america calling you a name? >> yeah, i was thrown by it. i wasn't expecting that especially from, you know, the number two in charge of our
country. i mean, he is a nice guy who has got a good personality, i just didn't expect that out of his mouth. >> you kind of meant it, though. lower my taxes. wouldn't mind if some people would understand what you're going through, right? >> you know, i was making a comment that everyone in america wants. i mean, in my situation, i wouldn't mind seeing the taxes a little bit lower. so i didn't say anything that would be offensesive to anybody. it was, you know, just a simple comment that i just said at the moment and no harm was intended. >> sure. well, he is famous for making inappropriate comments. were you expecting something out of him? >> no. and actually, when he came in, i mean, he came in in, you know, with good humor and, you know, i was talking to him before we brought him into the building. i just, you know, felt the good
connection with him. so -- >> shocking to hear him say that. >> did he wind up paying? >> no. you know, it was on us, you know. >> of course! >> you know, it is a famous milwaukee restaurant and i figured he's coming in. we're going to treat him. >> you did. he treated you. >> yeah. >> will you be signing autographs all day today with every purchase? >> i'll sign if somebody asks. i'll sign an autograph. >> all right. scott, the manager of the frozen custard stand where he is in good humor this morning. scott thank you very much for joining us today. >> thank you. >> meanwhile, now, we're following a fox news alert out of washington, d.c. where senator robert byrd, longest serving member in the senate and in history has died. update after the break. >> she worked inside the white house during the clinton administration. dr. connie mariano joins us with her stories including insight on
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right now, we have new york senator chuck schumer on the phone with us. good morning to you, senator. >> good morning. >> obviously, this is a sad day for america and for fellow democrats who have lost somebody who has been there for longer than anyone else, right? >> yeah, senator byrd was revered in the senate. and for lots of people who didn't, you know, get to know him personally, they didn't quite understand it because he was the old ghoul in so many ways until a few days ago. he still would play fiddle and read poetry on the floor. but he had first, he cared so much about the senate and its institution. he'd never let the rules be violated which, you know, protect the rights of every state. that's what it was set up for. when he took a position, people knew it was after a lot of thought and a lot of history and a lot of study. and, of course, his own personal life where he was brought up
dirt poor. educated himself. made something of himself and grew and improved with every year is very, very admirable. >> how did he help you acclimate yourself to the point now when you're in one of the high leadership position? >> well, when freshmen came to the senate, senator byrd gave them a class on the senate rules. he would, you know, there were only eight of us that year. four democrats, four republicans. and we spent weeks just listening to the senator tell us all about the rules, not just in an abstract way but in how they had practical effect and then throughout my early days in the senate, i would go to senator byrd and ask him all about the procedural intricacies and nuances of the senate and he would be patient. he loved to explain them. it was sort of passing on the torch. he was. >> well, senator, you remarked that senator byrd was kind of from the old school. and now here we are in the new
school, he represented a time when people got together and got stuff done and it didn't seem to be quite as polarized or political as it is now. >> no question about it. he was from the old school where, you know, the leadership of the senate, democrats and republicans, would get together and figure things out. there's a great story where senator dole was really in a pickle. this is one of those fights with republicans and democrats were against one another. he was the republican leader and he went to senator byrd about how to get around the rules. >> uh-huh. >> senator byrd told him how to do it which enabled them to jump in feet first on this measure. those kinds of things led to good will down the road and proved to be, you know, as i said, tchit was the best of thed senate. there was a lot of bad things in the old senate. the pork then was huge and senator byrd was extremely proud
of bringing back billions of dollars to west virginia but there were a lot of good things about it that should not be forgotten and senator byrd embodies that. >> all right. the senior senator from the empire state of new york, chuck schumer on the phone. thank you, sir for your rememberances of the of robert byrd, he passed away at 3:00 this morning in the washington, d.c. area. thank you, sir. >> now the rest of your headlines for this morning. north korea says it must strengthen its nuclear capabilities to cope with hostile u.s. policy. the country raised the possibility of testing more nuclear explosives. tension on the korean peninsula is running high over the march sinking of a south korea warship. they are pointing for the u.n. to recognize north korea's responsibility in that. >> world leaders are back home after violence erupts near the g-20 summit.
more than 500 protesters were arrested at the financial summit in toronto. thousands of people in riot gear were on hand blocks from where the leaders were meeting. they reached an agreement to cut national deficits in half by 2013, a move that the president cautiously supports. >> we can bridge our differences. we can coordinate our approaches. and we can continue our relentless focus on durable growth that puts our people to work and broadens prosperity for the world. >> but the president stressed recovery will be fragile. meanwhile, former panamanian dictator manuel noriega goes on trial in france today accused of hiding money, drug money. noriega was extradited to paris in april after serving a 20-year sentence in the united states for drug racketeering and money laundering. if convicted, the 72-year-old faces another 10 years behind bars. >> prince harry took a tumble off his horse, thanks to polo. these stunning photos taken by
our very own director. the 25-year-old -- by the way, john loves polo. grew up on a horse. 25-year-old royal was taking part in a charity polo match in new york when he fell. prince took it like a pro, got up and did you haved himself off. play resumed within seconds and the prince even scored some goals despite harry best efforts. his team lost 6-5 and threw out the first pitch on the mets game on saturday. speaking of first pitches -- >> he did indeed and the mets were taking on the twins. here he is. let's see if the prince -- let's see. all right. that's good. >> a little high, inside if you're a righty. >> he's a prince, not a pitcher. >> yeah, but on friday night, we had fox fan night at the stadium and i deferred my responsibility of throwing out the first pitch to my son, my 5-year-old son christian. take it away, buddy. >> very good. >> put it right over the plate.
>> he was so good under pressure. >> he looked around and he said, mama, i don't want to do this anymore! >> that's great. >> and i said how was camp today? let's get your mind off of everything. so that he would go out there. he saved the day for us, guys. i would not have wanted to throw the pitch. i know you guys have in the past but it's nerve-racking. >> absolutely and the great thing was in addition to christian really having that strike there, was we got to meet hundreds of fox fans. and we signed a lot of autographs and took a lot of pictures and people from all over the country came tout an absolutely beautiful night at city field and it was great to have you. >> right. >> with you brian up there. >> where was that? >> over on the side. >> was it really? just the people -- >> pulling out all the stops for the fans. >> half way through the pitch going back and more people hung out. i realized there were more "fox & friends" fans than there were mets fans. it was like the fifth inning and they were still at the party. mets are 1/2 game from first
place. think we deserve a lot of the credit? >> absolutely. >> we had a lot of fun. coming up on the show -- you know, you're going to do an interview now because you have this fantastic doctor who used to work in the white house. >> nine years in the white house. united states presidency is one of the most demanding jobs in the world and one person above all is responsible for making sure the man in office is fit for the job. white house doctor, she served in the white house for nine years acting as a personal physician to george h.w. bush, president clinton and george bush. her new book is out now called "the white house doctor" and she joins us. welcome, doctor. >> good morning. >> you point out some of the great stories in your book. if a tourist goes down, you have to take care of the tourist, too. if a staffer goes down, you're there with your stethoscope including an 8-year-old who went down sometime. you had to go and make sure she was ok. they couldn't believe you were a doctor and not a nurse. >> that's true. a lot of times when they show up, they figure you must be the
nurse, not the doctor. you do your job, you say was i was a doctor. i do my job and be quiet about it. >> in your book, you talk about getting your job, the first female doctor and first filipino. talk about your reaction with bush 41. was he healthy? >> he was. he was in great shape. actually i jogged behind him one time in kentucky. he was always on the go. in fact, the presidency really is like a stress test for most of these people. they get up early in the morning. they're nonstop and then late at night, they head to -- back to their rooms. but just following him around is exhausting. >> i know. there you were, there was a shot of you, i don't know if you could see that. that was you jogging with the president. and after bush 41 comes bill clinton, 42nd president of the united states. i understand he was a challenge with the time he slept. he liked to work a little bit late and went for the fast food. >> he was always on the go. and he was predictably unpredictable which caused us to change the way the medical unit did business. we went to 24 hour, seven days a
week on site medical care because of him and actually got the medical unit to be better. >> you have one first -- by all accounts, by reading your book, you really liked bill clinton, very likable and that's what you felt about him. you were told by the courts, by ken starr, go take some blood with the whole monica lewinsky scandal. what was going through your mind when you did it? >> it was a very sad time. i believed in the president all along and thought this was a conspiracy setup that a lot of us around him didn't believe the rumors and i was sort of shocked that ken starr ordered me to draw the blood. because was a military officer at that time and assigned to the white house, i had to follow through the orders and draw bill clinton's blood that connected him to monica lewinsky. >> what was your reaction when he did it? you're tight, you're friendly and doing something that somebody else mandated. >> it was difficult. he came down from the state dining room, the state floor
event. we were in the map room in the office next door to my office, and i was surprised, he was rather matter of fact. he put his arm out, looked at me and looked at the people in the room and said go ahead, do your job. >> he looks markedly different than he used to. after he had the heart trouble he seemed to change his diet in a big way. was that a relief for you? were you predicted it sadly something he was going to happen because something had to give between his high octane life and high octane food. >> when we tested him every year, we did exercise and took cardiograms on him every year. he pass all the tests. he had risk factors. he was a middle aged male who was -- had high cholesterol diet. type a personality. he was at risk. i was just grateful he got the surge and has survived it and been very well since then. >> you noticed his fitness level was through the roof.
>> he was, i think, among all the presidents the healthier president. had a resting heart rate of 43 and 44 which is what you see in athletes. very active. his blood work was very good. he was in good shape. >> the book is excellent. thank you for sharing your up close, very unique view and are a true american story. thanks so much. >> thanks so much. >> 18 minutes before the top of the hour oochl t. >> that's so interesting, you don't think about those people. they lead fascinating lives. >> controversial over expanding the unemployment benefits. why the plan shot down in congress right now might have done wr more good.
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>> time for the news by the numbers. 50%, that's what michael douglas' ex-wife says she's entitled to when the new movie is release. next $45,000, price that this marilyn monroe x-ray sold for at a las vegas auction. the image was taken when she was reportedly pregnant. rumor has it -- she had a miscarriage. finally $226.6 million. that's how much "toy story 3" has raked in at the box office since june 18th. movie hasn't moved from the number one spot since it opened. >> to infinity a and beyond. meanwhile, with the economy in a slump, many people are struggling to find jobs and are relying on what essentially welfare to get by. our next guest says welfare does not work. we're joined by william bogeli, we'll call him bill, contributing editor of claremont
review and it's never enough. >> last week they were talking about extended unemployment benefits for the long term unemployed and you say that stuff might have worked in the 1930's. but it doesn't work sou wellmor. >> we have a different economy than we had. my dad got out of college and went to work for an electric utility and stayed there until he retired. very few people have those reviews built into the system now and the government program probably ought to take account of that. we have the same basic unemployment compensation system we did in the 1930's. >> if somebody is watching and they're out of work and the government weekly check is all they've got, that's all they've got. >> i agree. i agree. i'm in favor of the idea that if people through no fault of their own find themselves in different circumstances, a decent society figures out a way to help them.
helping them means getting back as far as the personal circumstances, broader circumstances allow into a productive role in society and extending at a time when, i think, there are stories that sort of go beyond the anecdotal of people taking advantage of this 99 week period and turning down jobs they could do and probably should do. >> so you see the unemployment insurance that some people collect. almost up to 100 week. you see that as a modern form of welfare where some people are just gaming the system to sit at home and not work. >> it's subject to abuse. and it's not just sort of a quirk or administrative oversight or a tweak in the law but something fundamental. the new deal has been telling americans -- began telling them in the 1930's that they have a right to the benefits. you tell folks they have a right to something, they start acting entitl entitled. if they're intielentitled, they
ultimate judges of what they should do with their money. >> the editor of "the claremont review." thank you very much for joining us. new book called? >> "never enough, america's limited welfare state. ">> that's what they say, never enough. thank you very much. secrets of hollywood's hell raisers from dennis hopper's mental breakdown to jack nicholson's golf club violence. that author up next. and back in 1984, number one song in america was by duran duran. you remember "the reflex." it's tough to get enough servings of vegetables every day if you don't always like the taste of them. good thing v8 v-fusion juice gives you
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>> the answer to the trivia question, john elway. boy is he happy. the winner is julie in arkansas. probably just as happy. >> ok. there are some of hollywood's most -- they are some of hollywood's most famous actors and the bad boys. new book out tells stories of sex, drugs and crazy antics of dennis hopper, jack nicholson, warren beatty and marlon brando. >> joining us right now, with us is the author from london of the new book "hollywood hell raisers" robert sellers. robert, what constitutes a hellraiser? what's your criteria? >> the bar is pretty high with these guys. i think you have to lead exceptional lives. you have to be exceptionally talented as a lot of people around at the moment are doing a bit of hell raising but you got to be really talented. i mean these guys, brando, hopper and jack, they were incredibly gifted individuals so i think we let them get away with a lot of bad behavior
because they were so talented. >> like you a in your book that dennis hopper consumed a half a gallon of rum, 28 beers and three grams of cocaine a day. >> on a daily basis. that's right. yeah. that's enough to kill most people just straight up -- you know, straight away. but this guy, you know, for years, he was doing that. i mean, constitutionally, he has an incredible, you know -- physically he was perfectly ok. he went mental first. he had this incredible breakdown on a movie when he was filming in mexico and he went wild. stripped off, went naked, went into a forest and spent all night in this forest, thought it was world war iii. thought the aliens had landed. had a complete mental breakdown. went to the nearst police station and demanded they shoot him dead.
it was a complete breakdown but physically he was fine, you know, his internal organs were fine. it was the brain that went awol first. >> he ended up passing away from cancer and he said he was shocked he lasted until his 70's. >> yeah, but i -- >> let's talk about warren beatty, too. i hear he was good with women. you verify that. you said he knew by heart 200 -- the phone numbers to 200 eligible women. >> yeah. i think a reporter phoned him up and didn't believe that so warren invited him to come out and test me and this guy got the book, you know, the famous warren beatty phone book and went through all the names and beatty got every single one right. but he was incredibly shameless about it. that's what i love about these guys, they're so shameless of what they did. they didn't care. they sort of lived on this image, this bad boy image that they have. i spoke to a lot of people who knew warren and they said he was the most shameless man they ever met. >> marlon brando, too? >> marlon brando apparently you
write that he actually tried to have sex for real during a love scene in a movie? >> yeah. i spoke to an assistant director who worked on this movie called "candy" and there's a love scene and yeah, he tried to penetrate her live on camera and obviously the actress sort of had a bad reaction to that, shall we say? that's the kind of thing he did. marlon was probably the most interesting of the four. he was genuinely eccentric. he loved practical jokes. but quite evil and dark. >> that was certainly a joke. >> from 20 years old. >> yeah. that was the criteria for a hellraiser. a very compelling book by robert sellers. thank being robert. >> my pleasure. thanks very much indeed. thank you. >> ok, the president called out. yes, senator george lemieux and many others want to know why isn't barack obama doing more to remove the jones act, preventing other countries from helping us clean up the oil gushing into
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thanks for sharing your time. fox news alert. senator robert byrd, the longest serving member in the senate, has passed away. what happens next in congress and reaction from white house insider andy card, coming up. >> steve: meanwhile, a candid interview on what's really happening in afghanistan from the head of the c.i.a. is the president doing enough to win the war and bring our troops home? we'll talk about that. >> brian: gambling away taxpayers' money. welfare recipients are caught spending millions of dollars at casinos with their state issued atm. fox "friends" starts right now. >> steve: welcome aboard. our third hour of "fox & friends." west virginia senator robert byrd has passed away at the age of 92. a democrat, he was the longest serving member of congress. a spokesman for the family says that mr. birdied peacefully about 3:00 o'clock this morning
at a hospital in fairfax, virginia outside of d.c he had been in the hospital since late last week for a heat-related illness. right now you can see the flag on the east face of the u.s. capitol building lower to do half-staff in honor of the senator. >> gretchen: he began his washington career in 1952 when he was elected to the house. joining us on the house is andy card, who was just here in person last week. good morning to you. >> good morning to you, gretchen, steve, and brian. >> gretchen: we are talking this morning about the loss of senator robert byrd and the legacy that he had on capitol hill as the longest serving member of congress. what are your memories? >> he was quite a force. i literally was in his office sitting and talking with him when i was told that i was going to be nominated as secretary of transportation. i have a very fond memory of and quite frankly, had a good relationship with senator byrd
and when i was chief of staff to the president, i was representing the personification of article 2 in our constitution and senator byrd, more than anyone that i had contact with from congress, kind of personified article 1 in the constitution, so we had lots of interesting debates. but some of them were quite serious. right after the attacks on september 11, we spent time together talking about the continuity of the presidency. it was a very, very interesting theory of conversation about what to do to make sure that our government could withstand an attack on the heads of state, if you will. >> brian: you talk about seriousness, you had to really think about a succession. and i assume you mean no politic. >> this was not politics. believe me. and senator byrd really did know the constitution. he defended it and he worked very hard to make sure other people understood the constitution. there were always opportunities
for constitutional challenge between article 1 and article 2 and he wasn't bashful about defending article 1. >> steve: you were down at the other end of pennsylvania avenue and he was up on the hill. he's famous for bringing home a lot of bacon. he was referred to as the prince of pork, brought home a lot of money for west virginia. in the meantime, down at the white house, you were trying to keep things -- scaling things back, but he was really good at his job. >> he was very good at his job and he was the king in terms of the appropriations committee. he controlled the pen that wrote the numbers, that ended up being in the bucket. yes, you had to go and visit the king frequently. he would try to get you to kiss his ring, but i didn't really do that too often. >> gretchen: all right. it's always great to hear from people who have known such legacies when they do pass. andy card, thanks for all those
memories. thank you. >> thank you. >> brian: now the rest of the headlines. >> gretchen: another big day on capitol hill because supreme court nominee elena kagan said to head to capitol hill within the next few hours. she'll be starting her confirmation hearings. the nominee expected to get hit with tough questions from both sides of the aisle. joining us live from the white house is kelly wright. >> good morning to you. this is a situation where the president of the united states is hoping that he is one step closer to getting elena kagan confirmed as his supreme court nominee and putting her on the highest court in the land. she is expected to pass through the confirmation process, but the sailing is not expected to be smooth at all. she will be peppered with questions. if you recall, from the moment that president obama formally nominated kagan, some republican senators began questioning her qualifications, conservatives arguing that she lacks experience as a judge. they cite writings and political
associations that appear to have liberal leanings. when she served as dean of harvard law school, she limited on campus access by military reporters because of the don't ask don't tell policy towards gays. >> she'll have to convince me that all of this liberalism that she's lived with all her life can be put in a proper place and when she gets to be a judge, she'll be left of center but within the main stream of judging. >> i am going to get into that i believe she's in the main stream of thinking, of legal thinking in the united states. i believe she is superbly qualified. i were the drift net has been out to find some disqualifying factor and it hasn't been found. >> kagan made the rounds of meeting members of the senate judiciary on capitol hill. when she faces them today, she will likely have to explain why she once called these confirmation proceedings a vapid
and holly charade. you'll recall that she said -- made that statement and now she'll probably have to address that as questioning gets underway. we're expecting that to begin tomorrow. today is opening statements from the senate judiciary committee. coming before the senate judiciary committee in hopes of getting a swift confirmation so she can be seated as the next supreme court justice to sit with the others who are there and she's replacing a very noteworthy supreme court justice, john paul stevens. back to you guys. >> gretchen: kelly wright, thanks very much. stay tuned to fox news for complete live coverage of the kagan hearings. they'll start today at noon. it's day 70 of the disaster in the gulf. a massive slick 32 miles long. look at that picture. on a crash course for louisiana, expected to wash ashore in grand isle as early as tonight. residents devised a plan to block the oil by using more
barges. they've nicknamed them the cajun navy. tropical storm alex continues to move away from the spill. new video from a blast in pakistan. a truck carrying chemicals explode, killing at least 18 people. police say the explosion was most likely an accident and that the heat caused the chemicals to com bust. pakistan has been hit hard by militant violence in recent months as it fights taliban and al-qaeda militants. this afternoon arizona governor jan brewer will meet with a five-member delegation from the white house in arizona on the agenda, immigration reform measures. governor brewer has asked president obama for increased funding and more troops at the border. those are your quick headlines. >> steve: let's talk a little about this, washington, d.c., all atwitterrer this morning about an interview that the guy who heads up the secret c.i.a. gave to abc. we know that we're going to tell you all sorts of things regarding -- and some of the things he was talking about how
many members of al-qaeda are actually in afghanistan. he said maybe between 50 and 100. what is going on in afghanistan, as well. he says it's going a lot slower. but we now have general stanley mccrystal out and we've got a new guy in, but some people up on capitol hill are wondering should theree other changes as well? two big shots up on capitol hill weighed in on that. >> ambassador holbrook has a very strong record that can be looked back on, but i don't think he talks to karzai now. should somebody who is in a strong leadership position have an ongoing dialogue with the president of the country? i would say yes. >> this is kind of if you will, not a last ditch stand, but it is a major change in the middle of the surge and i think you put the general in, he should make the call. if he can't work with the ambassador, the ambassador should be changed. if he can't work with holbrook, that should change.
i mean, i think we put all of our eggs in the petraeus basket at this stage. >> steve: bad news for holbrook. >> gretchen: to me, that was startling, coming from feinstein. she's in a tough race in california, so maybe why that's why we're seeing that glimmer of change. but for her to say to put all the eggs in the petraeus basket, that means when he comes back and says, here is what i think about afghanistan, and about the time line and the withdrawal of troops for july 2011, the president will probably have to listen to general petraeus on that and i find that highly interesting politically. >> brian: right. you talked to -- that's a big issue. senator feinstein said encouraging things over the last ten years in terms of the wars that shows she puts politics aside and focuses on what's best for the country, which is encouraging. you talked to william osborne this morning. what's special about him? a lot. especially his son. died in battle short time ago after serving in afghanistan. it all comes down to that human story, but in the bigger
picture, rules of engagement, which thankfully could be changing under general petraeus. >> gretchen: the amazing thing is that bill osborne, after just losing his son about three weeks ago, 27 years old, that he wrote general petraeus an e-mail last night. here is what happened. >> he said, i'll have comments on the rules of engagement. my senate confirmation hearing and to tune in at 9:15 tomorrow morning. we'll see. >> brian: i talked to mr. osborne in the hall, still emotional and he was just so glad to be able to talk about his son. that's his thing now because he says the rules of engagement, little things like this, if a sniper takes a shot at one of our guys and we spot him, he drops the rifle, we cannot shoot him. i mean, we can not -- if we see somebody bury an i.e.d., if someone is pulling out the wire
and doesn't actually bury the ied, you can not take out the guy rolling out the wire. and when you don't give your lieutenants and captains in the field the ability to act on their own good judgment, and you make your decisions in tampa or in pakistan because you're looking through your own telescope, that's not logical. >> gretchen: the whole point was they were not trying to kill as many civilians because they wanted the afghany people to like the united states. but at some point you just have to win the war and that's what general petraeus alluded to that he may change the rules of engagement and he told mr. oz worn, watch tomorrow during my confirmation hearing. >> steve: let's talk about some of this regarding leon panetta's answers. it was, okay, we're paying all of our attention to afghanistan. is there anything that we're not paying 100% attention to? maybe leon said yesterday, that nuke stuff. listen. >> i worry about again the
proliferation of nuclear weapons and the fact that one of those weapons could fall into the hands of a terrorist. i think that's one concern and there is a lot of the stuff out there and you worry about just exactly where it's located and who is getting their hands on it. the other is the whole area of cyber security. we are now in a world in which cyber warfare is very real, could threaten our grid system, threaten our financial system, it could paralyze our country. that's an area we have to pay more attention to. >> steve: he says iran has enough stuff to build two atomic bombs. >> gretchen: we'll continue to follow that throughout the morning. back to the oil spill, senator george lemieux and he's urging the president to overturn the jones act. why hasn't that happened yet? >> brian: then, new report will literally make you sick to your stomach. don't eat that, sir. just read.
>> gretchen: senator boxer, not senator feinstein is not up for reelection. >> steve: to the gulf, it's day 70 in the gulf crisis and as oil keeps gushing into the water, the jones act remains in place. that means foreign ships that want to come help in u.s. waters can't unless it's lifted by the president.
florida senator lemieux sent the president a letter asking him to lift the jones act. he's joinings from pensacola. so many people say every skimmer should be in the gulf off the coast of florida and mississippi and alabama and louisiana and they're not. you think it's because of the jones act. why? >> i think that's part of the problem. they cite the jones act, they cite other legal encumbrances that are keeping these ships from coming to the gulf of mexico. i can't even get a straight answer as to how many there are off the coast of florida. the state of florida tells me 61. the federal government, coast guard tells me 118. whatever the case, that's not enough. we know from information i received from the coast guard last week that between texas and south carolina alone, there is more than 800 skimmers. why all of those skimmers aren't in the gulf cleaning up the oil doesn't make any sense. 2,000 skimmers domestically,
offers of foreign assistance, 56 offers, only seven accepted. whether it's the jones act or some other legal restriction that's going to require these ships to require conformance to u.s. law, all that should be waived. i'm going to file legislation to do that today. not only to waive the jones act, but to waive any legal restrictions because we need all the help we can get. >> gretchen: senator, it seems crazy to me that with the pressure that this administration has been under with the response given to this oil spill, that they would continue to not address this and say, hey, this is exactly why we're not lifting the jones act or this is exactly why those 800 skimmers are sitting out there and we're not using them. but you were face-to-face with the president a week ago, were you not, and when you asked him that question, what did he say? >> you're right. i asked the president about a week ago and said, look, we hear that there are all these skimmers around the country. why aren't they in the gulf? and he said basically, well, there are places they have to be in case there is an oil spill.
and honestly, that's like saying, your house is burning down, but i can't send the fire truck because we may need it for another fire. the people in the gulf are very worried about this. i walked down on the beach this morning and saw tar pebbles all over the beaches, including some big, what i would call tar rocks about the size of grapefruits on the beach. we need more help here in the gulf. >> steve: it's so troubling, especially given the fact that there is is a louisiana state university professor who ok'd the use of a taiwanese skimmer. it's called a whale and apparently they say this thing is so big, it could scoop up, in a day or day and a half, what all the other crews have done in 66 days, yet it's in dock. >> i understand it is steaming its way toward the gulf, even though it doesn't have approval yet. i'm going to do everything i can to get that ship and ones like it into the gulf. i was trying and brought up the point about another ship called
the swan that was a huge dutch ship that was offered to us that we never got back to the dutch company. it could have soaked up 20,000 pounds of oil or water mixture a day. why aren't we having these big ships? i'm going to do everything i can to get a whale and whatever vessel there is out there that's a super skimmer into the gulf to do the work. >> gretchen: keep us posted, senator, because you are going to introduce that today. let us know what happens. republican from florida, thank you. jennifer capriati rushed to the hospital. what happened to her? no accident. >> steve: stunning report, people using their welfare cards to gamble at casinos in california. how is that happening? we will ask governor arnold schwarzenegger axe spokesman coming up next # cccccccccccccccc
>> gretchen: couple headlines for you. later today, president obama will sign a memo to double the wireless communication spectrum for commercial use. the government plans to auction off the air space to keep up with the exploding demand for faster cell phone and laptop connections and to raise revenue. if you're lucky enough to get a meal on a plane, you may not want to eat it. government inspections found many of those meals are made in unsanitary conditions. the inspections were conducted at u.s. facilities of three major airline caterers. bummer. i look forward to those meals. >> brian: gambling with your tax dollars. in california, welfare recipients spend $2 million at atm's on casino floors using their state-issued debit card. this is the chief spokesman for governor arnold schwarzenegger and joins us live right now to discuss how something like this could even happen. aaron, the times -- tells you what's happening with your atm
card. what's your reaction and the governor's reaction? >> it's a well reported story, we're glad the reporter pointed this out. we have immediately taken steps to prevent that from happening. we told our vendor not to allow these welfare debit cards to be used in casinos and the governor signed an order to prevent this from happening again. >> brian: they estimate $1.8 million of taxpayer money has been gambled away since october. >> that's right. we went back three years, it's $3.8 million withdrawn from these debit machines and casinos and it's outrageous. it shouldn't happen. we have very few resources left in california. we have a definite sit, we need to make sure we're running government as efficiently as possible. the government fought for and won reforms, about a billion dollars in this welfare system and we'll keep doing it. >> brian: the program started under gray davis, who governor arnold schwarzenegger took over from in the recall vote. but does he feel at all
responsible, you feel responsible for letting this happen and not being the one at the head of the story? >> sure. anything that happens that shouldn't happen in our government ultimately is our responsibility. that's why we've signed this executive order to make sure it does not happen again and we've always told our vendor to make sure that we can't use these machines to withdraw money at casinos. but often it takes an outside look to find these things, a reporter or member of the public. we have a waste watcher's web site so members of the public can report inefficiencies and we love it. >> brian: looks like you have a big announcement today about getting unions to agree to some reforms in their pension plan. maybe the rest of the country can follow suit. we look forward to that announcement as the public sector may be coming in line. >> we look forward to that. we got great reforms last week with some unions and we're continuing to crack down on pensions here. it's a huge problem all over the country and hopefully the rest
of the country will follow our lead. >> brian: thanks again and owning up to a story that a lot of people would run from or spin and you dealt with it directly. thanks very much. >> thanks. >> brian: let's go to gretchen and steve to find out what they have planned. >> steve: another half hour. >> gretchen: yes. we're following breaking news out of washington because senator robert byrd has passed away. we'll talk live with his long-time friend, fellow senator patrick leahy. >> steve: she's a cute girl who likes to play with dolls and also on the no fly list. the six-year-old and her father explain what happened at the airport last time they dropped by to go somewhere. >> gretchen: spice girl mel b is here. how she's helping women who struggle to stay in shape. ♪ #
>> gretchen: fox news alert. sad day on capitol hill. america's longest serving congressman has died. member of congress, i should say. senator robert byrd passed away at 3:00 o'clock this morning at the age of 92 in a hospital in virginia. west virginia democrat was admitted to the hospital last week and on the phone with us now is long-time friend, vermont senator patrick leahy. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> gretchen: i imagine that there is a lot of grief and sadness today at the loss of senator byrd, although many people knew that he had not been doing so well in recent time. right? >> it's one of these things you know it's coming, but it's still kind of hits you when it happens. i had the pleasure of serving with senator byrd for almost 36 years. i'd watch, especially with new senators would come in, republicans and democrat senators, the time that he would spend with them and talk about the traditions of the senate, the history, the senate, the rules and so on.
he was really accepted by both sides of the aisle as the senate historian, the arbitor of senate tradition. the seat in the center aisle by the two parties and it was a throw back to other times and probably better times you'd see senators from both sides of the aisle just stop by just to chat with them while he was sitting there. i'm going to miss that, especially today under our traditions when somebody dies, you drape their desk with a black cloth and then put a bowl of white flowers on it and bob and i sat in the same row for decades. it's going to make every one of
us pause when we come in and see that. >> steve: today, as members of the senate and congress celebrate the life, what is his legacy? how will he be remembered? >> for a number of things. he said later life, one of his greatest regrets was having opposed the civil rights act. he felt that he was reflective of his growing up and he said that was a mistake. america had to come into respecting all people, no matter what their race, no matter what their religion. but he also was a fierce defender of senate traditions. i recall a reporter once said to him, how many presidents have you served under? and his eyes flash and his finger pointed and he said, i
have served with, whatever it was -- i have served under no president. the senate is an independent body. he used to lecture every senator, said you'll be truthful to your conscience, be truthful to the constitution. represent the people of your state, but you are beholden to nobody, not to the leaders of the senate, not to a president. it's your own conscience. and he felt that way. of course, he was right. >> gretchen: senator patrick leahy, so great to get your thoughts and your memories this morning on the passing of senator robert byrd. thanks for your time. >> thank you very much and thank you for remembering him. >> steve: you bet. meanwhile, let's take a look at stuff going on out there. check out this new video of tropical storm alex. in mexico, heavy rains caused widespread flooding.
drivers continue to force their cars through the water, even palm trees getting a feel of what are 45, 50 mile-per-hour winds. right now alex is heading toward the gulf, could become a hurricane maybe later today. those warm waters in the gulf are responsible for strengthening the storm real quickly. let's look at alex, the very latest. we've got maps that should show you where it is and there it is right there. it is stirring things up. the conventional wisdom is that it will currently move toward mexico and not mainland usa. meanwhile, new video of the damage in michigan after severe storms ripped through a camp ground. at least one person was killed. four others hurt. it knocked over trailers, sent one into the water. it happened 65 miles from the north of detroit. >> brian: it was supposed to be a quick flight from cleveland to minneapolis, but a family gets stopped because their six-year-old daughter is on the no fly list.
they joined us earlier to talk about the puzzling turn of events. >> she was going to minneapolis for a first communion. there was nothing nefarious about this trip or sinister about this kid. we were very surprised that this happened. >> brian: the parents contacted homeland security, but we're told no changes would be made to the list. so she remains on the no fly list. >> gretchen: unbelievable. retired tennis car jennifer capriati after a reported drug overdose. she was rushed to the hospital while staying at a hotel in florida. her father says she's doing better now. she's no stranger to trouble and arrested as a teen for marijuana possession and shoplifting before making that dramatic comeback, winning three tennis grand slams. >> steve: meanwhile, prince harry is on a mission to help wounded veterans in both the united states and united kingdom. he was in new york this weekend and took part in a walk for
wounded troops. this morning he spoke about his passion to get the two countries to work together to help our vets. >> they fight together and wounded together, it's very much split two separate ways and i would love to see and i'm sure you and everybody else would, but learning learning from eachd working together. >> steve: the prince served in afghanistan himself and says he'd love to go back sometime. it wasn't a completely serious trip to new york. he also took part in a polo match, took a big tumble. he fell down, he rolled over, he was back on the horse within about ten or 15 seconds. >> brian: those american horses. at the world cup, calls from referees across the globe are causing a lot of controversy. england, germany, they looked to get the equalizer. clearly that ball was over the line, but the referee didn't see it.
the game momentum changed, tactics changed and germany won 4-1. when are they going to get modern and use instant replay. then argentina gets a goal, but offsides. that would unravel mexico who would give up another goal and go on to lose. u.s. soccer star landon donovan is not denying reports that he's the dad of an english woman's baby. he said he will take responsibility if the child is his. he is separated from his wife, bianca. finally, football story of major impact. a discovery about the bengals receiver, chris henry, who was killed after falling off a pick up truck while it was moving last year. researchers who analyzed his brain found henry died from brain damage resulting from hits on the football field. full findings will be presented today at west virginia present. this is bound to give ammunition to critics who say the nfl needs to do more with their helmets to protect the players.
coming up on the radio show, from 9:00 o'clock to noon, amongst our many guests will be, i think we're going to have -- who is coming on the show today? >> steve: it's your show, you would know. >> brian: oh, bret baier is leading off the show as he does every morning and many surprises because with the death of senator byrd, we're changing a lot. >> gretchen: all right. let's move to this. she started as a pop sensation in one of the biggest girl groups of all time and she's bringing a little spice to "fox & friends" today. it's mel b, everyone. >> hi. >> gretchen: good morning to you. >> good morning. >> steve: how do you feel about prince harry coming to the united states? next thing you know, that buckingham horse knocks him off. >> i think that's great. >> steve: oh, really? >> of course i do. >> steve: you like when royalty are real. is that correct? >> exactly, yes. anything real is all good for me, yeah. >> gretchen: you're now a host
of dance your blank off. right? >> yeah, that's right. airs tonight at 10:00 o'clock. it's a great show. these guys are losing an amazing amount of weight through dance. >> gretchen: right now we're showing -- >> you're doing me. >> gretchen: this is from when you were on "dancing with the stars." >> i remember that. that was painful. >> brian: you came in second. right? >> yeah. well, i don't like to say second. the runner up. >> brian: excuse me. just to get close was unbelievable. >> are you kidding me? >> brian: steve won a lot of money on you. mel, you lost a lot of weight in doing that and that's when you sprung this idea. did you say you dropped 70 pounds? >> yeah. >> gretchen: because you had a baby? >> i had a baby. but then my baby weighed five pounds. >> gretchen: that physically happens to us mom, doesn't it. it's a bummer. >> i danced my weight off
basically. >> steve: see, that's so amazing because people think, okay, i got to go on a diet and exercise and stuff like that. yet, if you just dance your butt off, you actually could do it. there is your beautiful body. >> brian: we're going to point more about you. you have a reality coming out. >> we're in the middle of filming that. that airs september 5 on style. it will be very interesting. >> i control everything. >> steve: wait a minute. you and your husband are producers. >> yes. >> steve: and stars? >> yes. >> steve: if you're at logger heads, do you say one thing -- >> i always win. yeah. he's good like that. >> steve: that's good. >> brian: he understands his place. >> exactly. >> brian: you have three kids, three different dads. >> tell me about it. i call it a modern blended family. >> brian: is eddie murphy on this? >> i shouldn't be saying this, he's on the first episode.
>> brian: he's on the first episode? >> steve: is he dancing? >> gretchen: you have a better relationship with him? >> all my kids, we're a blended modern day family. you have to get on. >> steve: is that what the b in mel d stands for, blended? >> no. i like that. >> steve: thank you. >> gretchen: how did you become scary? >> you know what, i guess i'm just very opinionated, i say exactly what i think and i think back in the day, ten, 15 years ago, i wasn't so tactful. so maybe i got myself into a little trouble and i said things that maybe i shouldn't have said in a certain way. >> steve: who gave that you nickname? >> it was actually a little tabloid magazine and it stuck. >> gretchen: that's so interesting. the back story of how you became -- 'cause those names really did stick. >> i'm not scary. i'm not! >> gretchen: if you could name yourself now what, would it be? >> fun spice. i like to have fun.
>> brian: you the female simon cowell? 'cause you say it as it is. >> i'm not mean. i'm a good friend of simon's. i think sometimes he can be a little bit mean. >> steve: can you stick around for our after the show show in a couple of minutes? >> what happens after the show show? >> steve: a lot. there could be dancing. >> brian: we could see the title of your show. >> dance your feet off. >> steve: mel b, we'll continue the conversation with us in the after the show show. see you in a little bit. >> gretchen: you know how we told you students couldn't stay on their parents' health care bill until the age of 26? not so much. peter johnson, jr. is here to explain now this disconnect. >> brian: unbelievable story. a mom who had no idea she was pregnant. the story baffling women and men all across the country. we'll talk to her later this hour. that will be soon.
a prescription for truth. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> steve: when congress was passing this thing, we heard for those millions of american kids who don't have insurance, they will be extended that up until a certain age under this. >> what the white house did was try to get voluntary early compliance with insurance companies to say oh, let's give people the plans now. but a lot of people have not complied and so under the actual law, many people age 26 and under, the children of their parents living at home after high school, graduation or after college graduation will not be available to get this coverage until may of 2011. so a lot of people are saying, who are graduating high school and college now, who anticipated having this benefit under their parents' plan are saying, whoa, wait a second. i thought i was going to be on my focus' plan. the rules are going to be changed. it's actually going to make it
easier so you don't have to live at home, but they may have to wait a year because a lot of self-insured plans are saying no, we're not going to start it until the first renewable period. >> steve: that's one of the problems. you've got a bill that's a couple thousand pages, it's hard to know what's in there. for the government to say, hey, can you start this early, what's the incentive for them to do that? >> the other part of it, and i wasn't aware of this either, a lot of service families, military service families and retirees, about 10 million of them, they're not going to be covered under this 26 and under dependent plan. >> steve: that's not fair. >> it is not fair. so they won't have the benefits that other people will have in this country. there is an alternative. you must get coverage and i think people should get coverage when they have the capacity to do so, they can go under a cobra plan under their employers which is very, very expensive. so there is going to be a gap for some people for six months up to a year at this point and
so they can go to a cobra plan, which is good for three years, that could be 3 or $400 a month extra which has to be totally paid by the parents. there can be no employer contribution. so we've got to read the fine print on this if you were expect to go get the coverage immediately, you're probably not going to get it and you may have to wait as long as may of 2011. there are so many families where the kid graduated from college maybe last year and hasn't been able to find a job and they were waiting on it because i heard the president and his men say this was going to happen and it's not. >> a second big surprise and disappointment with regard to people with preexisting conditions and whether they'll have coverage under this plan as soon as they thought they would and whether that will, in fact, be possible. i'll be talking about that this week on another prescription for truth. >> steve: all right, peter johnson, jr., thank you very much. >> good to see you.
of the hour. we'll see you then. >> gretchen: how can a woman go nine months without ever knowing she's pregnant? our next guest says not even her profession helped clue her in on what was a surprise pregnancy. jennifer is a microbiologist who gave birth to a baby girl only four days after learning she was carrying a child. her story is one of the many featured on the tlc series, i didn't know i was pregnant. that's right, there you are. jennifer and her three-year-old daughter join us live today. good to see you. >> good morning. >> gretchen: so i just did part of your story. you're a microbiologist, a scientist, you should know everything, right, including when you're pregnant. but you didn't. >> i should, absolutely. >> gretchen: what happened? >> i don't know. i just had no idea. i had no symptoms, i was taking the birth control pill religiously. i had no other signs or symptoms. the whole pregnancy, i had a perfect pregnancy. >> gretchen: the other thing you were sharing is that you were overweight at the time. >> exactly. >> gretchen: you were a size 22, so you say a couple pounds here
and there didn't make a difference. >> exactly. i felt fine the entire pregnancy. i had no sicknesses, i felt healthy, even though i was overweight, i still felt healthy and okay. >> gretchen: you did at some point get one symptom, which was that you couldn't sleep on your stomach. >> correct. >> gretchen: what did you say to the doctor? >> i said to my doctor, i think i have a tumor. i can't sleep on my tumor. it hurts when i lay on my stomach. something is going on. and he questioned me, are you sure you're not pregnant? all those questions that are physician should ask and i answered them honestly and he scheduled an ultrasound. >> gretchen: so when they do the ultrasound, i can imagine you're there and suddenly they must discover that it's not a tumor. >> they've questioning me, have you ever been pregnant before? when was your last period? are you sure you've never been pregnant? and as she's asking me, i think, i must be pregnant because she keeps asking me and i kept telling her no, no, no. she said, okay, well, you can go upstairs and speak to your
doctor now. >> brian: she never told you? >> she never told me, so i was like okay, i must be pregnant or else there is something really important that my doctor needs to see me right away. within minutes, i went upstairs and checked in upstairs and said i'm here to see the doctor and he pulled me in the back with him, like five minutes, physicians always take a long period of time. and he brought me in the back and said, you're pregnant. >> gretchen: four days later you gave birth to your daughter. how old are you now? >> three. >> gretchen: three already. what a pleasant surprise that you ended up here. >> yes. >> gretchen: your story will be featured on tlc. it airs on wednesday at 9 p.m i didn't know i was pregnant and jennifer is one of those people. thanks so much for sharing your story with us. >> no problem. >> brian: coming up next, former spice girl and host of dance your bleep off, mel b, she's standing next to me. shows us how to bust a move.
losing weight while spinning around on a dance floor and having fun. >> right. it's all of those things. it's everything. it's weight loss, it's nutrition, it's a lot of reality this year. you're going to see the drama in the journey of these contestants and they have a chance to win $100,000. what could be better? >> gretchen: you're judging the show. what are they judged on? dance moves or how much weight they lose or both. >> i judge for the dance. i'm looking for technique, improvement, execution, performance. but the dance thing is where i judge them. the weight loss is in their hands. >> brian: does it amazing no matter how heavy they are, you can see if they can dance? >> gretchen: three of us are dancing duds. >> steve: we are. we're going to do it in the after the show show. log on right now to ww